Dr. Kendra Furber is a Research Associate in the College of Pharmacy & Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. She grew-up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan. She completed her BSc at the University of Saskatchewan and her PhD in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary. Recently, Dr. Furber held an endMS Fellowship from the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Her research is focused on central nervous system degeneration and repair. She has an interest in the role of nutritional components – including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in flax seed oil – in proper brain function.
Are Components of Flax Neuroprotective: Impact of Dietary ALA in Animal Models
Her talk entitled “Are components of flax neuroprotective: Impact of dietary ALA in animal models” will give an overview of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids, their role in the brain, and evidence from laboratory studies on the protective properties of omega-3 fatty acids on different cells in the nervous system. This will include novel findings from her current research, funded by SaskFlax, on the effects of dietary ALA in protecting against and repairing tissue damage in animal models of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Wednesday @ 9:00 in Gallery C